Connecticut Legislators Busted for Playing Solitaire at Work

September 10, 2009 -

A pair of Connecticut legislators were embarrassed when an Associated Press photographer snapped them playing Windows Solitaire during recent deliberations on the state budget.

The Hartford Courant reports that one of the game-playing pols, Rep. Jack Hennessy (D, left) has issued a rather profuse apology in a letter to constituents:

It was certainly bad judgment for me to play a computer game even for just a few minutes during the final House session on the budget. I am embarrassed, and I apologize to each and every person in the North End and to people across the state.

My actions were inexcusable. I do want my constituents to know that my poor judgment for a few moments on Monday in no way means I ignored your interests in representing you on this very serious matter...

I sincerely apologize to each of you. I look forward to having the continued privilege of representing you and your interests in Hartford. I thank you in advance for your understanding and have been humbled by those of you who have already expressed your understanding and forgiveness.

Hennessy maintains a photo gallery on his official website. The solitaire-playing picture is not included, however. The other Solitaire player was Rep. Barbara Lambert, also a Democrat.

Via: GameCulture


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Re: Connecticut Legislators Busted for Playing Solitaire at ...

Maybe he was just bored to death during the session and wanted to keep his brain 'working'

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wow, and I thought only public schools didn't know how to remove Solitaire from their PCs

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岩「…I can see why Hasselbeck's worried about fake guns killing fake people. afterall, she's a fake journalist on a fake news channel」

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At least it shows that democrats know how to play a computer game.  The closest most Republicans get to a computer game is when they wonder how to put a stamp on an email.

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Whereas, had they been Republicans, I'm sure you'd make some complaint about them not paying attention to their jobs.

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No to mention that the fact that they were republican would have blazed from the headline. ;)

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Suuuuuure buddy, Damn Liberal Jew run media and all that.

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Wasn't talking about the media.  I was talking about Bennet.

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Would have been been better if one of them had jumped up and yelled "HEADSHOT! PWND, BEOTCH!"

 

 

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But Solitaire's the only game in town! 
And every road that takes him down!
While life goes on around him everywhere. 
He's playing Solitaire...

Love the Carpenters

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At least it wasn't porn

Re: Connecticut Legislators Busted for Playing Solitaire at ...

Surely the "suicide kings" could be considered snuff.

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Uh... wasn't he also the guy who got kicked out today for having a "sex" talk that was monitored?

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That was Michael Duvall, IIRC.

"De minimus non curat lex"

"De minimus non curat lex"

Re: Connecticut Legislators Busted for Playing Solitaire at ...

MD legislators play solitare or surf the web all the damn time during floor sessions. Going back atleast to 2001, and the Associated Press is just NOW seeing this?

 

NON-STORY

 

Seriously.

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I actually have sympathy for these legislators.

Every listen to floor debate?  Lots of bluster and posturing designed to go on the the record so it can be brought up during the next election cycle,.. but very little actual content.

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If I had to sit through one of those House meetings I'd probably be desperate for something fun to do too. I can't really be too mad at these guys as I know I'm not immune to goofing off at work or school when things get boring. Let's face it, these guys have one the most dull jobs in the country. Have you ever been able to sit through one of the Cspan airings of these meetings? Anyway, the only thing they were missing by goofing off were other congressmans' presentations. It's all stuff they can get caught up on in written documents. It kind of reminds me of how irresistable the urge is to zone out when my proffessor lectures on chapters I've already read. 

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solitaire? i usually play red alert 2 at work.

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Im a Tetris guy myself. Quick,simple, and easy to hid it from sneaky bosses.

http://www.magicinkgaming.com/

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Ha!! He's not sorry he played... he's sorry he got caught.

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